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Description

Oral history interview of Michael Waldrop, conducted by John Grande in Orlando, Florida on February 27th, 2018.

Log

0:31 Birth-date and general family background info; 1:40 Background history with veteran involvement; 2:00 Elementary Education; 4:01 Basic Training at Ft. Benning; 8:00 Discussing the differences between Basic and O.C.S.; 9:41 Talks about his MOS; 13:13 Family history in the military, grandfather and father; 16:20 Why he chose the Infantry over other MOS's; 19:39 Being recalled to active duty from the Inactive Reserve; 21:50 Training in preparation for re-deploying; 27:30 Talks about the importance of the Mission in Afghanistan; 28:20 First impressions of Afghanistan; 30:40 Taking enemy fire while traveling in a helicopter; 32:25 Describes the experience of working closely with local Afghans; 34:10 A typical day in Afghanistan; 35:50 Working with coalition forces in Afghanistan; 36:55 Details the engagement where he was wounded in leg on July 9, 2006; 46:38 Medical treatment in field hospital following medivac; 48:30 Returning Stateside briefly to recuperate from wounds; 49:47 Leaving Afghanistan following 13 months and returning home; 50:30 Experience with mental health counseling and non-profit work with vets; 51:44 Leaving the Army following Afghanistan; 52:30 Awarded CIB, Purple Heart, and two Bronze Stars for valor; 53:17 Post military employment; 55:45 Conclusion.

Date of Birth

1974-05-29

Place of Birth

Charleston (S.C.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

South Carolina

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1993-06-29

2006-08-29

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Marines

Unit of Service

03/11 in Vietnam

Location of Service

Con Thien (Vietnam); Khe Sanh (Vietnam); Camp Carroll (South Korea); Vandegrift Combat Base (Vietnam)

Highest Rank

Master Gunnery Sergeant; MGySgt

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Tet Offensive

Medals

Silver Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal

Achievements

NCOIC Disbursing, Kaneohe MCAS

Note

The veteram had battles in Laos border, North/South Vietnam borders. He had three injuries in Vietnam. He was awarded Silver Star Medal three times. His son is on the faculty of the UCF School of Performing Arts and the Rosen College of Business.

City of Birth

Shreveport

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Napier, Walter

Interview Date

Spring 2-27-2018

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida

Subjects

Waldrop, Michael; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marine Corps

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Napier, Walter

Length of Interview

69 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Spring


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